Also, don’t forget SMART’s Calendar and Event Listings on the SMART Blog: http://www.um-smart.org/blog/calendar/. Just click on the event to get details on a wide variety of local and international events that come SMART’s way.
IMPORTANT JOB AND ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES
Don’t forget SMART’s Opportunities Listings: http://www.um-smart.org/blog/category/opps/. It posts local and international funding and job opportunities, as well as academic posts, prizes, and competitions that we hear about. Check the whole list, or search by category. Just scroll down.
Welcome to October 2012’s SMART e-News!
Dear friends of SMART,
As a break from your busy fall schedule, have a read on what SMART has been up to and what’s coming up over the fall! And let us know if you’d like to get involved.
IMPORTANT SMART CONTENT DATES AND EVENTS
MOVE Toronto Innovation Talks
September 11 – October 9, Toronto, ON
MOVE: The Transportation Expo is a multi-sensory tour of the past, present and future of transportation; an exploration of the innovative ideas and technologies needed to build and connect our communities in efficient and sustainable ways.
At an average of 80 minutes per day, Toronto has one of the worst commute times in the world. And it’s getting worse. Currently home to over six million people, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is expected to grow to almost 9 million people by 2031—that means 3 million more people vying for space on already clogged highways and packed transit vehicles.
Set amid the spectacular heritage Kilns building of Evergreen Brick Works, the MOVE Expo is exploring solutions to the key transportation issues facing us today, in Toronto and in cities around the world.
SMART will participate in the MOVE Innovation Talks Environment panel on October 2nd.
Meeting of the Minds In San Francisco
October 9-11, San Francisco, CA
Once again, Meeting of the Minds will illuminate specific solutions and smart strategies that are making it possible to accelerate the emergence of sustainable cities around the globe — and create a smarter and more connected future for all. It will feature the innovators who are solving critical problems, especially those from organizations and companies that are making smart investment choices. The conference will identify breakthrough policies and practices that are already enabling our institutions and systems to become smarter and more resilient. SMART will take part in the panel called “Where is the Urban Mobility Revolution Headed?”
Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City
October 18-19, New York, NY
On October 18 and 19 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, innovative city shapers and thought leaders will gather as the Municipal Art Society presents the third annual MAS Summit for New York City. This forum of ideas surrounding planning, design and infrastructure; preservation and sustainability; arts and cultural development, and community engagement will feature more than 75 speakers over the two days and highlight trailblazing initiatives in New York and other cities across the globe. SMART will participate in the mobility panel.
November 7-8, Greenville, SC
Once again, the InnoMobility 2012 Conference will bring together a global, open innovation community of diverse thought leaders exploring how evolving demographics and advancing technology lead to new high-growth mobility markets.
Like SMART and in parallel, InnoMobility creates an innovative ecosystem that connects industry, academia, entrepreneurs, and investors who are interested in exploring partnerships to develop emerging business opportunities from the global transformation of mobility.
The Conference will showcase more than 30 business opportunities that are shaping the future of mobility over the course of two days. These emerging opportunities will be presented by leaders in major corporations, middle market companies, entrepreneurial businesses, and academic centers. Focus areas are innovative design and manufacturing, connectivity and mobile services, sustainable systems and clean tech, and electric vehicles and infrastructure. Last year, over 400 mobility thought leaders attended the event and we anticipate over 600 are anticipated this year.
SMART’s David Berdish, Manager of Sustainable Business Development at Ford Motor Company, will be giving a keynote speech and Sue Zielinski will take part in the mobility panel.
Savannah International Clean Energy Conference
November 11-13, Savannah Georgia
The SICEC brings together top influencers and leaders to discuss and debate the most pressing issues and provide timely information on a variety of sectors and best practices. From clean energy to cleantech and global security to sustainable cities, and more, the SICEC is two plus days of dynamic interaction among the world’s top investors, innovators, corporations, and government agencies. The conference will end in the Global Cleantech Cluster Association Later Stage Awards Gala and Dinner, where companies in 10 categories from across the globe have competed to be named the Best of Cleantech. SMART will take part in a panel.
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives’ EcoMobility workshop will create a discussion among key decision makers, to address urban transport problems facing their cities, to share expertise among Alliance cities, and to find solutions that could be adopted by the City of Changwon. SMART’s Susan Zielinski will lead a system mapping and implementation workshop for global mayors at this event.
SMART work study opportunities can be found at https://www.studentemployment.umich.edu/JobXJobDetail.aspx?JobId=24716&s=1. If you are interested in working with SMART in the fall and/or spring semesters, please submit an application as soon as possible.
Welcome to George Lu who joined SMART in August, thanks to generous support from the PISET program of the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute. The PISET program seeds new interdisciplinary research programs in sustainable energy science, technology, and policy with funding for a University of Michigan Sustainable Energy Research Fellowship. Dr. Lu will be working on consumer uptake / decision-model work with Drs. Richard Gonzalez and David Chock. The primary focus is to model travelers’ choice behaviors across transportation modes through interdisciplinary research involving transportation science, social science, statistics, and management science. One objective is to establish a real-time information and forecast system which not only enhances physical connectivity among transportation modes and services but also supports multimodal travelers in making highly-informed decisions.
Dr. Lu earned his Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering at the University of Florida, and then his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where after graduation he worked as a Research Associate in the Traffic Operations & Safety (TOPS) Lab. Starting from mid-2010, he worked as a Researcher at the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center, a National University Transportation Center (2006-2012) of the U.S. Department of Transportation. As a key research staff, Dr. Lu has led the spatial analysis modeling to assess how land use and built environment factors can be utilized to dynamically estimate regional travel demands of sustainable modes. His research activities also included transportation energy use/tailpipe emissions modeling and pedestrian dynamics utilizing social force model simulation. Dr. Lu has published a series of lead-author peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers some of which creatively addressed safety, mobility, and accessibility related issues regarding urban travelers on sustainable transportation modes. He was the lead recipient of the 2010 Best Paper Award granted by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Task Force on Roundabouts Committee and one of the Patricia Waller Award nominees whose papers represent the best 1% of safety-related papers submitted to the TRB annual meeting of the year. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the International Journal of Safety Research published jointly by Elsevier and the National Safety Council of the United States. He also serves as a technical reviewer for the International Journal of Advanced Transportation and the Journal of Transportation Engineering ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers). He is an associate member of the ASCE and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).
(A more detailed bio will be available online.)
John Austin directs the Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation, a center for ideas and network-building to advance Michigan’s economic transformation. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, and a Michigan statewide elected official, re-elected in 2008 to his second-term and elected by his peers President of the Michigan State Board of Education. In recent years, Austin created and directed the Great Lakes Economic Initiative for the Brookings Institution where he authored key Brookings reports that directly shaped the region’s economic development agenda: “The Vital Center: A Federal-State Compact to Renew the Great Lakes Region;” “The Vital Connection: Reclaiming Great Lakes Economic Leadership in the Bi-National Great Lakes Region;” and “Healthy Waters, Strong Economy” (see www.brookings.edu/projects/great-lakes.aspx) led to federal support for Great Lakes clean-up and restoration, and regional understanding and actions to build on our Great Lakes and water resources as an economic asset, the “Blue Economy”, a term Austin coined.
Mr. Austin also served as Policy Director for Michigan’s Governor-appointed Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth, and was principal author of the Commission’s influential report. He was the founding Director of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan—a $100 million effort by the region’s philanthropies to aid in the area’s economic transformation, and initiated the Global Detroit program to welcome immigrants as a source of economic strength and renewal. Austin received his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelors from Swarthmore College in Economics & Political Science, with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Austin has been married 25 years to his wife Terese. They and their three children reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Kristin Schondorf, Ford Motor Company, and Research and Advanced Engineering Global Project Manager, Future of Mobility
Kristin Schondorf is the dedicated global lead to define Ford’s overall vision on the future of mobility: determining how to address key macro societal and environmental issues such as ‘global gridlock’ and outlining the fundamental near/mid and long-term technologies required to deliver the plan. She is also responsible for identifying and defining the business model and supporting ecosystem as well as the development of key enabling technologies. Key organizations that are involved include Ford’s Sustainability Environment and Safety Engineering, Corporate Strategy, IT, Marketing and Product Development.
Kristin holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has 20 years of experience at Ford Motor Company. She spent the first 12 years of her career working in Engine and Powertrain, during which time 2.5 years was spent working in Cologne, Germany. As Ford’s Director of the MIT Alliance, she managed a $3M annual research budget. The past 7 years were spent in various roles in Planning and Strategy, with the last 4 years in the area of technology development including alternative fuels, emissions/aftertreatment and the in-vehicle air quality initiative with TUV. During her time in the cross-vehicle feature group, 15 customer features were launched on vehicle programs, including SYNC, Park Assist and Easy Fuel.
(A more detailed biography will be available online).
Dr. Steve Underwood, Director, Connected Vehicle Proving Center
College of Engineering and Computer Science, UM – Dearborn
Dr. Underwood is Director of the Connected Vehicle Proving Center (CVPC) in the College of Engineering and Computer Science with responsibility for managing research on connected and automated vehicle systems.
He has been working in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), with a focus on mobile communication systems tests and evaluation, for over 25 years. Lately Dr. Underwood’s research has focused on design and assessment of self-driving road vehicles for the Department of Defense. He is conducting industry studies for defining the roadmap for the future of connected and self-driving vehicles including a series of expert forecasts and an integrative assessment of disruptive vehicle technology to advance livability and sustainability. One of his core responsibilities at this time is to assist TARDEC in developing locations at military bases for pilot testing their semi-autonomous vehicles.
Prior to joining the University of Michigan – Dearborn, Dr. Underwood was Director of the Transportation and Information Systems Planning (TISP) group at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) where he led the evaluation of three national field tests of advanced transportation systems: the FAST-TRAC integrated route guidance adaptive traffic control system, the DIRECT motorist information system, and the SMART transit scheduling and dispatch system. Underwood also organized the winning Intelligent Vehicle-Highway System (IVHS) National Architecture team, which implemented the ITS national architecture for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Underwood holds a Ph.D. in Technological and Environmental Planning: Sociotechnological Systems Planning and a Masters of Urban Planning along with a Baccalaureate in Urban Economics, all from the University of Michigan. He taught courses on game theory, conflict resolution, transportation planning, traffic modeling, urban economics, and gaming and simulation.
(A more detailed bio will be available online.)
SMART and TSRC (Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center) just recently signed an MOU to collaborate on research, tech transfer, outreach, student support, and workshops and conferences. Watch SMART e-News for updates.
SMART was happy to welcome Mohammad Poorsartep to the SMART team for two months to manage a short-term project to catalyze collaboration between SMART and the Ross Business School, with the support of the Alcoa Foundation. Poorsartep arranged and documented over 22 different exploratory sessions focused on New Mobility-related opportunities for research, education and tech transfer collaboration with the Ross School. The next step is a joint strategy meeting among many of the session participants. Poorsartep is now back in Dearborn at the Connected Vehicle Proving center doing groundbreaking work with Steve Underwood on automated vehicles and much more but keeping in touch.
PROJETO MASSUR – Mobilidad e Accessibilidade Sustenaveis em Saude Urbana: Pesquisa e Transformacao em Transporte. FAJ (Faculdade Jaguariuna). Lead researchers and students from Jaguariuna-based FAJ University recently established a New Mobility research effort in collaboration with SMART. As part of the research, FAJ students Patrick Pereira, Alessangela Soriani, Anelise Torres, and Daniela dos Santos recently completed phase one of a research project focused on Sustainable Transportation Success Stories in Brazil under the wise guidance of Professor Ana Maria Sperandio and colleagues. Following intensive research and a trip to Rio + 20, one Key Deliverable was a Brazilian Sustainable Transportation Success Stories Power Point.
The India City Competitiveness Report, compiled annually by the Institute for Competitiveness, ranks the 50 most competitive cities in India. Competitiveness is determined using the Diamond Model of Economic Competitiveness developed by Michael E. Porter of Harvard. This model analyzes factor conditions, demand conditions, context for strategy and rivalry, and supporting and related industries. The 2012 India City Competitiveness Report includes a contribution from SMART regarding multimodal transportation infrastructures in India’s cities as well as New Mobility industry cluster opportunities that support regional competitiveness.
Sue Zielinski recently spent two days meeting with fellow grantees of the Rockefeller Foundation project “Catalyzing the New Mobility in cities.” Grantees from India, Thailand, the Philippines, Kenya, and the US focused on opportunities related to integrated multimodal New Mobility business models and inclusive mobility solutions that serve the urban poor.
September 12, Detroit, MI
Techonomy Detroit, hosted by the Detroit Economic Club, is a one-day multidisciplinary gathering of national and local leaders about reigniting U.S. competitiveness and economic growth, creating jobs, and revitalizing cities in a technologized age. It brings together executives and thought leaders from technology, business, manufacturing, government and design. TE Detroit aims to help sharpen the dialogue about progress, technology, and the economy during a national political campaign in which jobs are on the top of the agenda. SMART participated in a panel on the Evolution of Mobility.
SMART recently led a Pre-Implementation Mapping Event in Greenville and Spartanburg in collaboration with representatives from local, state, and federal governments, international corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, colleges and universities, community champions, entrepreneurs, and innovators (with Alissa Ritzo and Tiffany Wedmore at the helm and Innomobility’s John Warner, Jessica Moss and Butler Mullins present as supporting partners). The aim was to identify next steps for multimodal IT enhanced mobility in the region. Toronto Metrolinx Innovation Director closed the session with a talk on, well, innovation!
EPA Sponsored Green Global Transport Summit Hosted Fred Friendly Seminar
September 10-12, Baltimore, MD
Hosted in the United States for the first time, the fifth summit of the International Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Conference offered a unique opportunity to showcase progress and innovation in transportation. It brought together industry leaders and representatives from around the world to share the latest innovations and experience on how to shape the market for clean and fuel efficient vehicles. Associated with the United Nations, the results of the conference will be used to continue an international dialogue on harmonization of global standards for and promotion of advanced vehicle technologies. SMART’s Susan Zielinski participated in the unique “Fred Friendly Seminar” Panel focused on the wider transportation context for electric vehicles.
Back in August, SMART was invited to collaborate with Brazilian Congressman Jose Filippi and Padre Ticau of Ermelino Matarazzo to focus on transportation improvements and connectivity in this low-income area of Metro Sao Paulo. The working team included Harvard Loeb Fellows Barbara Knecht and Ken Kruckemeyer of Strategies for Cities, Gil Kelley, former Director of Planning for Portland Oregon, and Sue Zielinski of SMART. Sue introduced and led an integrated multimodal mapping session beginning with an introduction session attended by 300 residents, and followed by a focused half-day mapping session attended by over 60 residents and community leaders. Watch SMART e-News for updates on evolving outcomes in Ermelino-Matarazzo and beyond.
SMART, Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation, is a project of UMTRI, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Its steering group represents a breadth and diversity of departments, institutes, and initiatives related to sustainable transportation at the University of Michigan.
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